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Monkeypriest : Defending the tree

How does the notion of environmental protection cope with the nihilistic misanthropy of doom/sludge? Well, as these angry monkeys certainly prove beyond any doubt, this works perfectly since the utter despise of mankind is compatible with both. I'm guessing that the title 'Defending the tree' refers to saving Earth from humankind. Furthermore, I'm guessing that the references to monkeys isn't a reference to humans as much as a tribute to the monkeys. After all they still keep in harmony with nature, which cannot be said about their abominatory evolutionary offspring. Or in the words of the band: "Monkeypriest is about nature and defending it against man's destructive action committed on his surroundings. It's a calling to protect our legacy, in which the primitive is especially important in comparison to uncontrolled development." In yet other words, this is a great big monkeycock in the face of the so called civilization.

For the sake of describing the music, let's return to the word 'primitive'. Doom/sludge has always been in touch with the primeval inner beast of mankind; call it hatred, malevolence, sadism, or perhaps even the egocentric disregard for others, if you wish. In addition there is a certain something about 'Defending the tree' which further degenerates the subgenre. The tribal-ish drums in the beginning of 'The march of the monkey' is one point where this "certain something" stand out clearly. In my ears, that part worked out really well, but I wish that strong primal feeling would stay that strong throughout the album. I would really like to hear this kind of music with a total focus on the primitive: tribal war drums, outbursts of pure rage, and, most of all, I want more monkey!

My wishes aside, Monkeypriest has carved a solid release in the vein of Grief, 13 and Noothgrush. It contains all what one would expect from an oldschool release within the subgenre, and, in my opinion, it is also one of the best of it's kind to be released in the last few years. I'm already looking forward to any follow ups.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The march of the monkey
2. Defending the tree
3. War for the throne
4. Doomsday

Duration : Approx. 25 minutes.

Visit the Monkeypriest bandpage.

Reviewed on 21-10-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
No God Only Pain
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